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Overview

Introduction to Milltown, New Jersey

Milltown, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 3 miles SW of Piscataway, New Jersey (center to center) and 24 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey.

Milltown History

Milltown was settled in 1812, when Jacob Bergen constructed a grist mill near Lawrence Brook. The mill provided support to farmers in the area, which was known as "Bergen's Mill" at that time. Industrial development was introduced by the Meyer Rubber Company which was established in 1843. Meyer's home and the factory were damaged by fire in 1845, which was around the same time that the community came to be known as "Milltown." In the late 1840s a number of Germans immigrated including, Phillip Kuhlthau who later emerged as a leader of the German immigrants. Gradually, railroads and schools were built, and Milltown was incorporated on January 29th, 1889. Electric service arrived several years later in 1904.

Milltown and Nearby Attractions

  • Eureka Fire Museum
  • Princeton Battlefield
  • Cheesequake State Park
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • Staten Island Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Milltown

Milltown is home to the Eureka Fire Museum. Various artifacts of historical importance are on display in the nearby East Brunswick Museum, the Stone Museum, the Middlesex County Museum, the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, and the Hungarian Heritage Center. Buccleuch Mansion, an 18th century colonial estate, and Conference House, a 17th century stone manor, are among the historical sites within 10 miles of Milltown. Activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and fishing can be enjoyed at the Washington Valley Park. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, Staten Island Botanical Garden, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and Staten Island Zoo are other popular destinations in the area.

Milltown Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Milltown Higher Education

Colleges near Milltown include Middlesex County College, Rutgers University, Devry Institute, and Princeton University.

People

Total Population 6,989
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,503
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 58.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $115,331
% Above Poverty Level 90.7%
% Below Poverty Level 9.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 6.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,229
Median House Value $345,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.7%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 22.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Milltown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of Piscataway, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 08850
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.456
Longitude -74.443

Milltown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NEW BRUNSWICK 3 SE
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station FREEHOLD MARLBORO
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 46.7 inches
Station NY WESTERLEIGH STAT IS
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 67 to 86 F
Oct Temp 47 to 66 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Brunswick 48,426 $119,450
Highland Park 14,263 $86,648
New Brunswick 56,338 $37,359
North Brunswick 42,268 $92,867
Piscataway 57,348 $99,530
South River 16,274 $75,388

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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20 W. CHURCH ST.
Milltown, New Jersey
(732) 247-2270

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